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This Year's Technology That Has Blown Me Away


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Slides for a talk on "This Year's Technology That Has Blown Me Away" given by Brian Kelly, UKOLN at Bathcamp on 21 July 2009.

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This Year's Technology That Has Blown Me Away

  1. 1. This Year's Technology That Has Blown Me Away Brian Kelly UKOLN, University of Bath @briankelly
  2. 2. Hmmm <ul><li>BarCamponified: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Beer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prize </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Audience <ul><li>Geeks </li></ul>
  4. 4. Approach <ul><li>Pamper to audiences’ prejudices! </li></ul><ul><li>Choose something close to my heart </li></ul>
  5. 6. ££££££££££££££ <ul><li>“ Cheaper! £35 per month vs £45 for same tariff/use” </li></ul><ul><li>Free upgrade and £20/month </li></ul>
  6. 7. Open, Open, Open, Open, Open <ul><li>Open source </li></ul><ul><li>Open platform </li></ul><ul><li>Open hardware providers </li></ul><ul><li>Open providers of applications </li></ul><ul><li>Open development community </li></ul>
  7. 8. Ethical! <ul><li>“ In an age of global financial crisis and corporate bastardising the technology we decide to spend our money on says a lot for how we want the world to turn out for the next generation.  In my opinion using an Open Source phone (like Android) says you want a world where we as a global community decide what we want, NOT one where a company decides how we want it.  Choice is yours, but this phone proves without a doubt that you can have both the ethical openness of Open Source while still having all the functionality and services of a proprietary company.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dave Flanders </li></ul>
  8. 9. Richly Functional <ul><li>Camera, Video camera, voice recorder pre-installed </li></ul><ul><li>Also installed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS tools, Shazam, Augmented Reality browser and two Twitter clients </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Makes Me Smile <ul><li>Upgrade to NewRob RSS reader: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; Version 2.5.1 Fixed an issue where Mark All Read marked too many articles read &quot; </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Freedom of Expression
  11. 12. <ul><li>What I’m allowed to read on my HTC Magic Android </li></ul>
  12. 13. Beware of Temptation <ul><li>I’ve got one of these </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to install apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WiFi connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I’ve even installed Skype (and used it from Australia) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. What I Thought <ul><li>Take usability of the iPod Touch </li></ul><ul><li>Add telephony from Android </li></ul><ul><li>Invent a cool new device! </li></ul>
  14. 15. Just Say No! <ul><li>A walled garden </li></ul><ul><li>A single supplier </li></ul><ul><li>An expensive solution </li></ul><ul><li>The new Microsoft of the mobile world </li></ul>
  15. 16. Stick To Your Principles <ul><li>Please join in with me and rejoice in the device of the year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Embrace the error messages: your Android device reminds you it’s a computer! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise your brain: work out how to use the Augmented Reality app </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build a community: tell me how the app works and I’ll tell you about the apps I’ve tried and thrown away </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep fit: run home before battery dies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a computer, not a fashion accessory! </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Thank you